Buses

Buses might be the poor cousin of Melbourne public transport, but I still write about them.

Solar powered bus stops in Melbourne

Did you know many bus stops in Melbourne are solar powered? They have LED lights at roof level. And a battery box beneath the seat. Which is recharged by solar panels on the roof. Quite a nifty design that removes the need for extending mains power to each bus stop.

Finding a Myki ticket machine at Melbourne Airport

Most people depart Melbourne Airport via an overpriced mode of transport – SkyBus, taxi or car park. But it is possible to get to the city via a normal public transport – the hard bit is finding a place to buy or top up your Myki card. The Melbourne Airport website says the machines exist. […]

William Street upgrades and forgotten route 605 bus

During December 2019 a massive upgrade was completed on William Street in the Melbourne CBD, with platform stops built for tram passengers and separated bike lanes for cyclists. But there was one mode of transport that has completely been forgotten as part of the work – the route 605 bus. Some history Blink and you’d […]

Bike lanes and bus stops on Southbank Boulevard

In 2018 the City of Melbourne started work to transform Southbank Boulevard, reclaiming underused roadways to create 2.5 hectares of public space and neighbourhood parkland for the people of Southbank, Melbourne’s most densely populated suburb. Something new Work started at the eastern section of Southbank Boulevard and was completed in three stages. Stage 1 A […]

Missed opportunities and Melbourne’s new hybrid buses

Back in April 2019 Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Public Transport were shouting ‘Melbourne first hybrid buses’ from the rooftops. But the reality is different – they’re not Melbourne’s first hybrid buses, we’re still buying hundreds of conventional diesel buses, and technology has already overtaken us. CDC Melbourne photo Some background Here is the […]